January 24 - May 16, 2021
Note: This event is online-only. For registration, go here.
From Presa House:
“Presa House is proud to partner with Independent Television Service® and our San Antonio PBS affiliate, KLRN, to present the 2021 Indie Lens Pop-Up online film series. This year’s series includes five new documentaries supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and ultimately a richer understanding of society today.
Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for free virtual film screenings and community-driven conversations.
Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics and social issues to family and community relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation online.
We’re delighted to host the first of five FREE Online Virtual Screenings with 9to5: The Story of a Movement, on January 24, 2021, at 6 PM. JOSIE, a short film written, directed, and produced by El Paso-based first-time documentary filmmaker Jackie Barragan will precede our feature presentation.
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9to5: The Story of a Movement
Approximate Running Time: 86 mins
When Dolly Parton sang 9 to 5, she was doing more than just shining a light on the professional fate of American women. Parton was singing the autobiographical tale of a movement that started with 9to5, a group of Boston secretaries in the early 1970s. Their goals were simple—better pay, more advancement opportunities, and an end to sexual harassment—but their unconventional approach attracted the press and shamed their bosses into change. Featuring interviews with 9to5’s founders, as well as actor and activist Jane Fonda, 9to5: The Story of a Movement is the previously untold story of the fight that inspired a hit and changed the American workplace.
ABOUT THE DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS
Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert
Steven Bognar is an independent filmmaker and media arts educator. His first film, Personal Belongings, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and screened nationally on the PBS series P.O.V. It won numerous awards, including the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, Best First Film at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Audience Award for Best Film at the Atlanta Film and Video Festival. His second film, Picture Day, won Best Documentary Short at the Florida Film Festival, screened at the Sundance Film Festival, in numerous film festivals, and at the Guggenheim Museum. His third film, Gravel, also premiered at Sundance and screens regularly on the Sundance Channel.
Bognar is a former assistant professor of media arts at Antioch College and has, for the last 15 years, worked as a filmmaker-in-residence in schools throughout Ohio. Bognar’s work has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Soros Documentary Fund, the Creative Capital Foundation, the Ohio Humanities Council, the Ohio Arts Council, and Culture Works. He is also a Rockefeller Fellow.
Julia Reichert is a professor in community health and professor of motion pictures in the theater arts department at Wright State University. She has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary for the films Seeing Red and Union Maids. All four of her feature documentaries have screened nationally on PBS and around the world on television. Throughout her career, Reichert has been dedicated to building the independent film community regionally and nationally. She co-founded New Day Films, a distribution co-operative for independent films, and The Film Fund, a foundation that supported the making of social issue media and led to the creation of the Independent Feature Project.
Reichert’s work has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Ohio Arts Council, and The American Film Institute. She has also received Fulbright and Rockefeller Fellowships.
9to5: The Story of a Movement premieres on Independent Lens Monday, February 1, tune in or stream on KLRN or your local PBS station. Streams on PBS Video: www.pbs.org/show/independent-lens
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Approximate Running Time: 14 mins 3 secs
The documentary short film, JOSIE, is a true account of a woman living on the U.S./Mexico Border and her quest to find retribution while becoming an undefeated martial artist. The film is narrated by her daughter adding a more intimate perspective into her mother’s story.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
Jackie Barragan is a dedicated dancer, writer, community advocate, and practitioner of her indigenous traditions. Barragan is a native of the U.S./Mexico Border and a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor’s in Anthropology and a Minor in Dance. While at UTEP, Barragan focused her studies on Indigenous cultures of the Americas and grassroots social movements. Growing up listening to her family’s stories, she learned the importance of documenting the history and taking control of the narrative in under-represented communities like her own. In 2019, Barragan was honored and received her first filmmaking grant through the Caldo Collective. In November 2020, she premiered her first short film documentary, JOSIE, at the Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase.
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Presa House Gallery’s 2021 Indie Lens Pop-Up online film series schedule:
Sunday, Feb 14, 2021 | 6 PM
Mr. SOUL! (60 min.)
Directed by Melissa Haizlip
Sunday, March 14, 2021 | 6 PM
Coded Bias (60 min.)
Directed by Shalini Kantayya
Sunday, April 11, 2021 | 6 PM
Philly D.A. (60 min.)
Directed by Ted Passon and Toni Brook
Sunday, May 16, 2021 | 6 PM
The Donut King (60 min.)
Directed by Alice Gu